An American, David Haviland, was an importer of French and English porcelains during the early to mid-1800's. In 1849 he moved his family to Limoges, France, to begin his own porcelain manufacturing and decorating factory and as a result, Haviland China, was born. Upon his death in 1879, his two sons split the company. Charles formed Haviland & Co., while Theodore formed Theodore Haviland.
These Haviland & Co. white-ware blanks were purchased and decorated outside the Haviland company. They are well executed and beautiful from an established home-studio environment, circa 1880's.
The first plate is decorated with two large pansies surrounded by various other blossoms in the center with the wide border adorned with additional flowers, gold decoration and trim. The color pallet consists of pastel and dark yellow, white, purple, blue, magenta and brownish green.
The second plate is decorated with one large pansy surrounded by various other blossoms in the center with the wide border adorned with additional flowers, gold decoration and trim. The color pallet consists of pink, yellow, purple, blue, magenta and brownish green.
The eight-sided plates measures 8" across and are stamped in green "H & Co. underlined over Depose", circa 1887. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; near mint. Unfortunately the artist did not sign these plates.
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